Easy. Giant space mirror. Next question.
@Scuzzinator, fake news. Just like birds the Milky Way doesn’t exist.
God takes the picture and texts them to NASA
@FaceGhost, God literally is just a space camera
We weren't. Every image you see of the milky way galaxy that isn't from the perspective of earth is an artist's interpretation.
@Doctor Yak, some are computer generated from sky survey data
@Hot Coffee, so what you're saying is the artist is sometimes an AI?
@RogueKnight, some artists are named Al, sure.
@RogueKnight, most art majors are AI, especially when it comes to politics.
We took the photos from inside the galaxy
The only view of that we can get is more of like a sliver of clouds and star clusters and whatnot pretty much the equivalent of looking at a pancake directly from the side so it looks really thin. Everything else has been pictures of other galaxies that look similar to what ours should look like. Hopefully one day we get to look back and see it for real though.
Step 1: build a rocket
Step 2: stick a camera and a radio dish on the rocket
Step 3: launch that rocket into deep space with a program that makes the camera take pictures and then send them back to earth via tight beam radio waves
Step 4: hope you got the math right
@I Are Lebo, Even at the speed of light, it would take over 10,000 years before you left our own galaxy.
@Albadactyl King, the Voyager 1 was launched in 1977 and is currently ~23.6 Billion km from earth, and is the source of furthest zoomed out pictures of the Earth.
Is it outside of the galaxy? No. But it doesn’t really need to be to get preliminary long distance shots. The difference between 1Bkm and 100Bkm isn’t really that much when you’re talking about interstellar travel.
Angle also matters. It’s much faster to leave the galaxy going perpendicular to the accretion disc than parallel.